Benefits of a psychoeducational happiness course on university student mental well-being both before and during a COVID-19 lockdown

Bruce Hood*, Sarah Jelbert, Laurie R. Santos

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Abstract

We tested whether a psychoeducational course improved well-being in three cohorts. Study 1 found significantly higher mental well-being in first year undergraduates who took the course compared to a waiting-list control. Study 2 revealed that students taking the course when COVID-19 restrictions began did not experience increases in mental well-being but had significantly higher well-being than a third matched group. In Study 3, an online course increased mental well-being in University students and staff during a COVID-19 lockdown. These findings support the claim that psychoeducational courses are beneficial in both live and online formats and in times of collective uncertainty.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth Psychology Open
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The authors received financial support for research and publication from the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, University of Bristol Alumni Association and the Rosetrees Trust.

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s) 2021.

Structured keywords

  • Covid19

Keywords

  • mental health
  • mental well-being
  • positive psychology
  • students
  • universities

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